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Benjamin Britten was the finest opera composer that England has ever produced. And his other masterpieces – including the War Requiem, concertos, and countless songs – reveal a composer of extraordinary skill and originality.
At Snape in 1970, Britten conducted the first performance outside Russia of Shostakovich's Symphony No.14. Shostakovich dedicated the symphony to Britten. Another Russian musician who was close to Britten was the pianist Sviatoslav Richter. He's seen here rehearsing with Britten in Blythburgh Church in 1965. Image courtesy of www.britten100.org.
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